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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Ah yes, winter brewing
« on: December 31, 2015, 04:08:52 PM »
We just experienced the warmest December on record with an average temperature of 43.1 degrees. That's 12.6 degrees above average. The month included seven 60+ days.


Same here. We had a tornado here last week.....at Christmas time. No measurable snow this month. Craziness.

You're not caught up in any of that major flooding are you?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Ah yes, winter brewing
« on: December 31, 2015, 02:22:54 AM »
We just experienced the warmest December on record with an average temperature of 43.1 degrees. That's 12.6 degrees above average. The month included seven 60+ days.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Quick tips
« on: December 31, 2015, 12:02:32 AM »
I like cleaning as I go through the brew day. I hate to have to clean everything after brewing for several hours. For example, I clean the mash tun while the wort is coming to a boil. Also, like others have stated I have my water measured and ready the night before.

+1

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Quick tips
« on: December 30, 2015, 08:13:59 PM »
A lot of good tips mentioned here. I've got a few...

1. In addition to having hops weighed out ahead of time and bagging them, have a bag for your whitlflic and yeast nutrient pre-bagged and ready to go in at 10 minutes. I'd forget this every other brew until I started this.

2. You're probabably dealing with an open flame. In the winter, you're probably dealing with an open flame in a garage. Make sure that you have a carbon monoxide detector and a fire extinguisher on hand. You're brewing beer. No reason to die.

3. Share your homebrews with your neighbors. It's kinda funny, but it's also a bit awkward when you're brewing in the driveway and your neighbors drive by rubber necking with the "is he really cooking meth in broad daylight?" look on their face.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership
« on: December 28, 2015, 04:02:37 PM »
Thanks guys.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Stout Thoughts
« on: December 26, 2015, 04:19:41 PM »
I think you'll have good beers. Let us know how they turn out. I brewed an American porter last Monday. I hit about 40 IBUs and whirlpooled 1.5 oz centennial and 2.5 oz cascade. My wife asked me to try and replicate 3 Floyds Alpha Klaus... So my arm was really twisted lol. I'm going to use the yeast cake from this for a big ass Russian Imperial Stout that will have an OG around 1.100. This yeast is WLP 001, but will also add WLP 007 to the mix. That will age in the keg until next winter.

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General Homebrew Discussion / AHA Membership
« on: December 26, 2015, 12:14:11 PM »
I already renewed my membership for 2016. I got a prepaid membership card with a code for Christmas. Does anybody know if these codes expire? Or is it safe to hang on to for my 2017 membership?

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Beer Recipes / Re: Stout Thoughts
« on: December 26, 2015, 06:44:17 AM »
Hey Jim! I'm not going to comment on your Irish stout, because I'm not real familiar with the style. I do brew quite a bit American and Russian imperial stouts though. For your American stout, I'd swap out the black barley for roasted barley and keep your percentages the same with dark malts. You want that exaggerated roastedness in an American stout and the roasted barley will get you there.  I usually go with less Munich and go 5% medium crystal. Go with a mash pH of 5.6. Hoosierbrew suggested this to me a while back for dark beers. Yep, that's a sweet spot. Not a necessity, but I also like a balanced profile. Looks good, man!

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Deschutes Pinedrops IPA
« on: December 25, 2015, 05:18:44 AM »
I loved it when I bought a 6 when it first was released back in the summer. I immediately bought another 6. It got old. I still have one in the fridge. I felt the exact same way about Fresh Squeezed. I'll pass both up for an Inversion IPA.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Bells Expedition Stout
« on: December 22, 2015, 06:37:25 PM »
I picked up a 6 pack about a month ago. I drank one right away. It was good, but certainly would be better with age. I plan on collecting for a six year vertical her in about six years  :P

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Runnings Cocktail
« on: December 20, 2015, 07:22:54 PM »
I always make a hot scotchy. I always vorlauf first. I don't want my hot scotchy to have grain debris in it. I use a low ball glass and go with a double shot and then about 4-6 oz of hot wort on top. They are fabulous. What style are you brewing? I'm brewing a porter tomorrow. That'll make a good scotchy. Barleywines make the best IMO. But even the not as good ones are still really good. Kinda like pizza.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: So...
« on: December 19, 2015, 07:14:24 AM »
Amateurs, Dude. Amateurs....


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I'm back!
« on: December 17, 2015, 07:20:48 PM »
That was a killer autocorrect, given the topic. Awesome stuff !

lol...yeah, I figured autocorrect, but it made me laugh anyway.

Lol yeah it was spot on.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I'm back!
« on: December 17, 2015, 06:29:02 PM »
The bottuns are soooo small! Lol

I'm sure that your hops are perfectly fine too.

Not sure why my phone continues to autocorrect hops to hips since, being a homebrewer, every 11th word that I type on this thing is hops.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I'm back!
« on: December 17, 2015, 02:39:47 PM »
Oh yeah. I was supposed to answer your questions. Your hips will be perfectly fine. I'm not a yeast expert and less of a dry yeast expert, but I'd roll the dice with the S05. During my hiatus, my uncle (we're brew partners) wanted to brew a couple times. He has no experience with liquid yeasts and starters, because I always take care of that. I always keep an emergency pack of S05 around. I pulled it out of the fridge and realized it was about 40 days past date. He used it. The beer turned out nicely.

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